Thaxton Martial arts

 Isshinryu Karate

Dojo News

Thaxton Martial Arts  teaches  the

Art of Isshin-ryuKarate which was

created by Master Tatsuo Shimabuku

of Okinawa, and taught to the U.S. 

Marines Corp.  Our  form  of  Isshin-ryu

Karate  is  also  called  American IsshinryuKarate.  In our program you will learn the Isshinryu system of self-defense and exercise.


​​​New classes starting in September and November.  We accept students from age 7 through senior citizen.  This is a belt-ranked program in Isshin-ryu Karate where you learn the following disciplines. 

1. Techniques and applications in blocking, punching, striking, kicking and stance, 
2. Mechanics and principles behind proper technique, balance, power, energetics and movement, 
3. Various Isshin-ryu  katas (formal exercises) that teach self-defense principles in movement.  
4. Various Isshin-ryu  weapons katas (formal exercises) that teach self-defense using bo staff, sai and sword.
5. Sparring, also known as kumite, with other students in controlled matches, 
6. And last, various applications and principles in self-defenseKyusho & Sparring Theory knife defense and pain compliance using pressure point and joint manipulation.

     Tuition costs are $50 per month plus one-time $85 registration fee.   (SPECIAL:  $5 registration will continue through March!)   Call 908-444-0805 to register!  

                                                                     Increase strength, flexibility, stamina and health.  Reduce stress.  Drop pounds.  Increase your safety.

Sparring (Basics & Fighting Theory) -  January 3rd, 2017 marks the start of our 8-week kumite training classes.  During this course we will offer a cohesive and structural approach to kumite (individual combat).  We will visit stances, blocks, strikes and kicks that are best suited for kumite.  We will also explore applying those basic techniques to five fighting principles; 1) Single Direct Attack, 2) Attack by Combination, 3) Attack by Immobilization, 4) Progressive Indirect Attack and 5) Attack by Drawing.   We also offer private lessons and physical condition training.   The cost of private lessons is $20/hr.   Call 908-444-0805 to register!   

Dojo News - Congratulations to all students who competed in the 2017 KSK Karate Youth Challenge and Don Nagle AOKAINC World Open Karate Championship tournaments!  We are very proud of you. In particular, congratulations to Sensei Kamini, Sensei Kush, Sensei Samir and Master Thaxton for their performances in kata, weapons and sparring in the black-belt divisions.  In addition, congratulations to Jada, Jordan, Neev and Vasisht for their performances in the kyu divisions with kata, weapons and sparring.   Oosh!

Why Not Try Karate?  Through my life I have participated in various sports, such as track & field, basketball, football, soccer and tennis.  Each has left me with a greater sense of personal accomplishment and memories that I hold dear.  When my son asked me to enroll him in Karate, I was all too happy.  I anticipated for him the same positive experiences that I experienced in my youth.  I signed up my son, and likewise myself.  Why not?  I was just sitting around waiting for him to finish his lessons anyway.  I also found the teacher fascinating, and wanted to learn more.  So, why not?!  When I signed on, I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.  Now in hindsight, I can honestly say that no sport has contributed to my life more richly than Karate.  And, for those who have joined this sport, I can confidently say that their feeling is mutual.  At a glance, Karate seems intimidating with techniques that seem fancy and suited for the young and athletic.  The personalities may even seem aggressive and intimidating.  However, nothing could be further from the truth.  And, there are some very real benefits that are attainable, and could be yours.  Those benefits are fitness, self-protection, increased marketability and community.

Fitness - Karate provides a set of exercises that are designed to help keep your body strong, flexible, fast and agile.  Karate seeks to develop these attributes equally across all portions of the body through exercises known as kata, or forms.  Something very nice and unique to kata is that it can be practiced anywhere, any time and at any age.  You don’t need a gym membership, special equipment, or someone to train with.  The exercises are independently yours.  Kata is an important component of the martial arts.  Contained in the movements are the self-defense principles of the Art.  However, if you never delve into a deeper study of the interpretation of those movements, you still have a complete set of exercises that are aerobic, anaerobic, fat trimming, muscle building, and heart and lung conditioning.  Americans today face almost epidemic challenges in managing their weight and physical conditioning.  “Muffin top” and obesity are the new norms for old and young.  However, it doesn’t need to be that way.

Self-Protection – Karate is a martial art. As such, it will teach you to protect yourself. It will also teach you the vulnerabilities of the human body.  And in teaching you these secrets, it will also teach you the importance of restraint.  Why is self-protection important?  Why not just rely on the police to protect you, or someone else to protect you?  The real answer is simple, but not necessarily obvious.  You, your child, and your loved one cannot rely on help that is minutes away, when trouble is already confronting you.  Statistics show that one out of every four women will be victims of domestic violence or sexual crime.  One of six boys will experience the same.   Those are staggering and sobering statistics.   Will the help that you or your loved need be somewhere else when trouble is already confronting you?  Every man, woman, college student, working professional and child should receive some type of training in self-defense.

Increased Marketability – Earning a black-belt does not come easy.  Nor should it come easy.   It is earned though time, discipline and perseverance.  Not everyone will earn one.  For those that do earn a black-belt, future employers, colleges and peers will recognize your discipline and favorably seek your affiliation.  The belt is a testament to the character of the one who wears it.   Karate will teach you discipline.  It will teach you leadership.  It ill teach you respect.  And, it will teach you character.  These are very desirable and marketable traits in and outside of the dojo.

Community – The last unseen benefit worth mentioning is that of community.  The dojo is a intimate family.  You will gain many close and supportive friends.  Community and citizenship are qualities that are strongly  fostered in the dojo.  The by product of such fostering is supportive and personal relationships. 

I hope that you will consider becoming a part of this community in 2016.  Karate is a sport of discipline.  However, for those that join this community the benefits that they experience stay with them through life!  Oosh!


Our Staff

Our Students

Thaxton Martial Arts offers experienced instructors with 17 years experience in the art of Isshinryu Karate.  Our black-belts have also cross trained in other arts such Shotokan Karate and Kick Boxing,  and  proudly have taught over  2,500 students through the years.

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The  Thaxton Martial Arts  dojo is a culturally  diverse  family.   Our students come from various ethnic backgrounds, are male and female, children and adult.  Currently, our students  range  in  age  starting  as young as six years of age through the late fifties.  Depending on the maturity of the student, we accept students from age six  through  senior  citizen.  


Training:  Isshinryu Karate, Martial Arts, Self Defense, Knife Defense, Sparring, Kumite, Weapons, Tuite, Pressure-Point Manipulation, Pain Compliance, Kyusho Jitsu, Exercise